Pilot and feasibility projects in endocrinology and diabetes

As part of the recently renewed UCSD/UCLA/Cedars-Sinai/Salk Diabetes Research Center, a mechanism to fund innovative new projects that will explore the feasibility of novel testable concepts and enhance the endocrine/diabetes research scope within the institutions is available. The Pilot and Feasibility grant program is putting out a request for applications that will support grantees at approximately $40,000-$50,000 (with additional ~55% indirect costs) per year. A special emphasis on promoting promising junior faculty involved with diabetes research is key to the UCSD/UCLA P&F mission. It is expected that P&F studies will generate preliminary data that will be used by these investigators in diabetes/endocrinology-related R01 applications in the years following their award.


All eligible investigators must have faculty appointments at UCLA, Salk, Cedars, or UCSD, and be independent investigators. To be eligible for a P&F grant you need to be eligible to submit an R01 as a PI at the end of the one-year grant period. A joint appointment at an affiliated institution is allowed. Post-doctoral fellows may submit a grant if they provide a letter from their Chair stating that they are about to be appointed to the faculty.  Investigators eligible for pilot and feasibility funding generally will be expected to fall into three categories:


(Category 1) New investigators without current or past non-mentored NIH research support as a principal investigator (current or past support from other sources being modest).


(Category 2) Established investigators with no previous work in diabetes that wish to apply their expertise to a problem in this area.


(Category 3) Established investigators in diabetes/endocrinology research who propose testing innovative ideas that represent clear departure from ongoing research interests.


Final report and presentation at the annual retreat

A report on each pilot and feasibility study conducted will be requested from investigators at the end of the study period and an update will be requested yearly for four years after the completion of the award. These brief reports will contain professional career status at the time of the award and at the time of the report; an overview of the project including its significance and salient results; a list of resulting publications; and peer-reviewed subsequent funding in the same or related areas. Funded P&F investigators will be expected to attend the annual DERC retreat as well as in a meeting of Regional P&F awardees, and present the results of their work in the year immediately following their award. Travel to these meetings will be charged to the individual P&F awards.